The Little Pegasus Pastures Story
Little Pegasus Pastures was created in 1986 to provide an enjoyable activity for the Birchler family to share together. We purchased 5 ½ acres of land and began accomplishing Ed’s dream to build a home for his family, but the land was lacking something. Soon, we discovered miniature horses when we happened to be visiting the Kentucky Horse Park while the AMHA National show was taking place. Little did we know, that visit would change our lives forever.
When we fell in love with and purchased our first mini, we were hooked. From that point on we began breeding and showing minis. Every year we look forward to foaling season in hopes of improving our herd, plus, we love to play with the foals. We have been very fortunate with our foaling, having over 80 Foals, and although you hate to loose any foals, we take pride in loosing only a few foals in 19 years. We really work hard at being there to assist with each foal using both a foaling alert system and a camera that is connected to a picture-in-picture TV. In this way, we are automatically watching the mares while we are watching TV.
The quality of our herd has improved consistently over these 19 years. We have tried not only to improve our stallions, but also to continually improve our broodmares. We quickly learned that you need to concentrate on conformation and pedigrees to obtain consistent quality in your foals and winners in the show ring. Our breeding stallions have done well in the show ring:
LM Hawks Billy the Kid is the first National Grand Champion Amateur stallion, National Champion Amateur Junior Stallion, Reserve National Champion 2 year old stallion and Reserve National Champion Yearling Stallion.
Little Kings Buck Echoes Tuff E Nuff is a National Top Ten stallion
Freedom Hill Farms Executive Flair is both a halter and driving champion. He is a National Top Ten halter horse, Reserve National Champion Open Country Pleasure Driving, Reserve National Champion Amateur Country Pleasure Driving and National Top Ten Open Single Pleasure Driving Champion.
We owe a lot to a number of trainers who have helped us over the years since we were new to horses when we entered the miniature horse business. Without Phoebe, Audrey and Doris Kerby we would probably not be showing today. Their knowledge and friendship have been invaluable and their love of the miniature horses is an inspiration. Our daughters love to drive, and I don’t think you can find a better driving trainer anywhere than Phoebe. Our roadster mare, Little Pegasus Momma’a Pride and Joy, and Freedom Hill Farms Executive Flair were both trained by Phoebe and have provided us a tremendous amount of pleasure and satisfaction. Besides having fun, Joy won 2 AMHA National Top Ten’s and 4 AMHR National Top Ten Championships. Each year, we look forward to showing with the Kerby’s and the rest of "Team Kerby".
We have tried to participate in the organizations that have made it possible for us to be enjoying miniatures. Ed has been a Vice President of the Mid America Miniature Horse Club, President of the Bluegrass Miniature Horse Club, AMHA Director for 3 years and Vice President of the AMHA. The entire family has been active in the MAMHC and the Bluegrass Club. The more you participate in these organizations, the more you appreciate the dedication of the people that make all this possible.
Over the years we have met lifetime friends and we are having more fun showing horses with our children than we had ever imagined. Currently the Birchler children are grown and still enjoy showing our minis, and we are very excited, because recently our grandchildren have begun showing in the youth division.
We love the beauty of the mini and the pleasure they have given us, but also, the opportunity to meet new people, and the closeness they have given our family.
10013 Fern Creek Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40291